The office for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is now located in the Richfield courthouse, according to CASA Coordinator Karen Payne.

A national program, CASA trains and supports local citizens to advocate for children in the Juvenile Court system because they have been abused or neglected.  CASA volunteers are appointed by a Guardian ad Litem attorney to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.  Primary responsibilities include gathering information, finding documents, attending court, monitoring case plans and court orders, and visiting with the child.

Advocates receive 30 hours of training, which is provided free of charge by the program and is ongoing throughout the year.  In exchange, CASAs spend approximately 10 hours per month with their assigned case child, gathering information and reporting to the child’s attorney Guardian ad Litem, who reports the information to the Court.

“We have approximately 80 local children now on our caseload that could benefit from an advocate. If you can pass a criminal background check, are 21 and able to make a commitment to a child for one year, please contact our office at 435-896-2765 or find us at utahcasa.org or on Facebook as Utah’s Court Appointed Special Advocates,” said Payne. “We would love to talk to you!”

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